Bailey Nelson Covent Garden

The other day I got invited to have a little browse around the Bailey Nelson store in Covent Garden. Being Dutch I always love a good bargain and Bailey Nelson’s offering is definitely that; as they offer funky designed, high quality prescription glasses and sunglasses at super affordable prices. Let’s have a look shall we?

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Bailey Nelson now have 4 boutiques in London and Covent Garden is their flagship store. The boutiques are very much about enjoying the experience of helping you find the perfect pair of Bailey Nelson spectacles and there doesn’t feel anything like your usual optician store. The funky in-store design and friendly staff made me feel right at home straight away. And that’s how you want to feel when you’re trying on glasses; comfortable, don’t you agree?

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Now onto the best past, the totally transparent pricing – everything in the store costs £98! This will buy you an awesome pair of frames INCLUDING single vision prescription lenses or a pair of cool polarised sunglasses (which can also be prescribed at no extra cost). All lenses are high quality and come with anti-scratch, anti-glare and anti-reflection coatings as standard (there is no up sell). Knowing that every pair in the store is the same price means you can try everything on and not worry about the price, but more focus on the style and the feeling that pair of glasses gives you. I love trying on new glasses and sunglasses, it’s such a fun experience and great way to try out new looks. So I went on the hunt for a fun new pair of sunnies…

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Some of my favourites were the black Lucette Cat Eye Shades, the over-sized Tortoise Mim’s shades and the Virginia shades in bright blue. I would have loved to get the Mim’s ones but unfortunately I have quite a small head so they just looked too big on me. But I did find a pair that I loved very much and straight away felt like the perfect fit – the Wallace!

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What they look like on me? To be continued. I am off on holiday to Turkey on Sunday so I’m sure they will come in very handy over there :)

For more information about Bailey Nelson or to find one of their stores (currently they are based in the UK, Australia and Canada) visit their website or just pop into the Covent Garden Boutique to try out their funky designs for yourself.

Bailey Nelson – Covent Garden
69 Neal Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9PJ
You can also find them on Twitter @BaileyNelsonLdn or Facebook 

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What do you want?

The million dollar in life is – what do you want? Because life is what you make it and you can have anything you want if you work hard enough – right? So then only thing you have to do is to figure out WHAT it is you want and then going from point A to point B to get it. Simple, right?  WRONG!

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“I am almost never sure about what I want but I am always sure about what I don’t want.”

Life is about the journey, the biggest and most important part of your journey is finding out what the world has to offer and determining if what is offered is what you will accept. Don’t limit yourself. Sometimes it is easier to find out what it is you DON’T want, so that you can begin the voyage of finding out what it is that you DO want. I think it’s important to evaluate your experiences and remember that what works for someone else might not work for you. IT’S OKAY; go to the next option (trust me, there are many) and be patient and realistic about your expectations.

Remember, life is a journey and journeys are not meant to be quick and easy. They are meant to be traveled. Happy Hump Day everyone :)

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No Carb Lunch – Broccoli Bread

After my pasta, bread and all things delicious ‘binge’ in Italy I decided to try and focus on being a bit more low-carb then usual for a few weeks. Just to get me back into a healthy balanced diet once again and feeling good. At the moment I am eating a large fruit salad with greek yoghurt for breakfast, salads or sashimi for lunch and for dinner a form of protein with loads of vegetables. You can read some of my favourite healthy low carb dinner examples here, here and here. I do this about 4-5 days a week and the other days I ‘cheat’ here and there to ensure I don’t go crazy ;) I love food too much to deny myself things all the time and that doesn’t work anyway – the 80/20 diet is the one and only ‘diet’ for me.

Anyway recently I discovered this great new lunch option in London called Plan Bread, who claim to offer the healthiest sandwiches in London. They basically create sandwiches with delicious fillings using UK’s lowest calorie, lowest carbohydrate bread which is made from broccoli! I know, carb-free broccoli bread sounds questionable, but this actually tastes absolutely amazing and it’s very filling.  Here are some of the sandwiches I ordered recently (£4.50 each and free delivery).

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So how do they make their broccoli bread? Well they don’t give their secret recipe away but this is what they say about their low-carb bread:

“The broccoli flour is the most important component. We take our broccoli florets we cook them for only a couple of minutes to retain as many nutrients as possible. These are then drained and carefully dehydrated to remove some of the water. The resulting broccoli florets are then combined with some gluten free fibre as well as some fresh herbs and milled to a flour. This flour is the main constituent of the bread. From this point we proceed in a similar way to a standard bread recipe but we omit yeast so that bloating problems are avoided. Air natural gets in the the mix during kneading and mixing. There is some added egg white and a small amount of soft cheese to boost the protein content and help with the texture and moisture. Hence the bread is not suitable for people who have intolerance or dietary preferences that include any of the ingredients mentioned. We then choose our sandwich fillings appropriately to compliment the broccoli bread.”

Pretty clever isn’t it? I have so far tried the Moroccan Falafel and Houmous, Smoked Salmon & Taramasalata, Shredded Beef & Soy Sauce and Roast Chicken & Bacon with guacamole sandwiches. All were super tasty and kept me full all afternoon! Check out their full range of sandwiches (incl. nutritional stats) HERE.

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For you London healthy people out there, I urge you to give this broccoli bread by Plan Bread a go! So if you want to try it – I can offer you a 20% discount on any order you place for the rest of July. All you need to do is go to, chose the sandwiches that you like and enter the promotional code dutchessroz at the checkout. I’m curious to know what you think of this new healthy lunch option! Do let me know :)

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Orange and Stripes

Fact 1) I love stripes. That’s nothing new is it? Anything striped and I just have to have it. Do you think there’s a stripes addiction rehab out there somewhere?  Anyway, Fact 2) I love orange. And not only because I am Dutch and orange is our national colour, because I just simply love this bright and happy colour.

So recently I was at this BBQ and I spotted this girl’s phone, and when I saw her iPhone case – I froze. I had to have this phone cover! It was a mix of two of my favourite things; orange and stripes and it pretty much screamed ‘ME’! So I asked her where she got it from, and when online and BOOM now it’s  mine. Lucky too that I was so speedy about it because it’s now already sold out.

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How perfect is it? It’s the Stripe Leather case for iPhone 5/5s from J.Crew (link). The funny thing is when this package arrived at work and I was squealing with excitement, the girl I sit next two actually laughed and said – this phone case is actually so you, just look at what you’re wearing…..

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She had a point, orange and stripes haha! And I hadn’t even planned it. Just shows, this phone case and I were meant to be and I am so happy we’re together ;)

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FOTD & Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara

Realised I hadn’t done a beauty post in a while, so here is a quick recent FOTD which is an easy summery and light golden look. I’ve also been loving the new Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara but I will tell you more about that in a bit..

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FOTD products used: Vichy Dermablend Ultra Corrective Stick as concealer (review here) // Clinique Stay Matte Foundation // Urban Decay NAKED Flushed face palette in Native used the Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter (review to follow) // Eyes: Urban Decay Half Baked (all over lid) and Urban Decay Smog blended into the crease and along lower lash line – both of these eyeshadows are in the original NAKED Palette, which is still one of my holy-grail beauty products – read here why) // MAC eyelash curler // Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara in black // On my lips I am wearing Juicy Tubes in Fraise.

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OK so now about the new Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara. What they say:

“Get lusher, fuller, longer lashes with Clinique’s NEW Lash Power Feathering Mascara. Always at the forefront of mascara innovation, Clinique’s NEW Lash Power Feathering Mascara features an advanced formula and innovative new brush to build full, plush lashes without flaking or smudging, yet removes easily with warm water. Look no further, lashes will be longer, feathered, defined and more beautiful than ever!”

Lash Power Feathering Mascara is the latest additional to Clinique’s Mascara portfolio and was initially developed especially for humid Asian environments to ensure it’s resistant to tears, rain, sweat, pool water, ocean water and humidity. In other words, this super long-wearing, 12 hour formula will not smudge or flake! Yet, it can easily and gently be removed with warm water.

I think this is a lovely every day mascara, because it gives you nice feathery and soft looking lashes for a wearable, flattering day time look that lasts and with genuine ease of removal. It’s probably not the right mascara if you are looking for big dramatic evening lashes but it’s perfect to pop in your holiday bag or for natural, smudge free lashes for your work outs.

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara is allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, safe for sensitive eyes and contact wearers and is available in Black Onyx and Dark Chocolate at Clinique counters now for £18.00 / €23.00 (link). Do you like the sound or look of this mascara?

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